Maternal acceptance as a moderator of the relation between threat to self appraisals and mental health problems in adolescents from divorced families

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Abstract

Appraisals about the implications of stressful events that are evaluated as involving a threat to self (negative self-evaluation, negative evaluation from others, rejection by others) have been shown to place youth at risk for the development of mental health problems. This longitudinal study tested a protective-stabilizing interactive model, in which high maternal acceptance was predicted to mitigate the prospective relation between threat to self appraisals and change in adolescents' mental health problems six months later. Participants were 89 adolescents from divorced families ages 10-12 and residential mothers. Adolescents reported on threat to self appraisals from the most stressful event experienced in the past month. Mothers and youth reported on maternal acceptance and mental health problems. Multiple regression analyses provided support for the protective effects of maternal acceptance on adolescents' mental health problems. Intervention implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)927-938
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of youth and adolescence
Volume36
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2007

Keywords

  • Adolescent mental health problems
  • Divorced families
  • Maternal acceptance
  • Resilience
  • Threat to self appraisals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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